ZIP is hiring! GIS and Data Analyst wanted

ZIP is hiring! GIS and Data Analyst wanted

ZIP is seeking a permanent, full-time GIS and Data Analyst to join our team in Karori, Wellington.

To apply, please send a cover letter and CV to Susannah Aitken at info@zip.org.nz, quoting 'GIS and Data Analyst Vacancy' in the subject header, by 5:00pm on Wednesday 22 August.

Further Update on Perth River Valley Project – possum removal operation

Further Update on Perth River Valley Project – possum removal operation

Zero Invasive Predators Ltd (ZIP) will undertake the aerial 1080 predator removal phase of the research and development programme in the Perth River valley from early 2019.

This phase was originally scheduled to be completed during winter 2018, but the forecast weather and snow conditions in the valley are such that we now cannot be confident that the 1080 to Zero method can be fully implemented in a timely fashion, in order to completely remove introduced predators. After consulting with our colleagues from the Department of Conservation it was decided to carry out the aerial phase from early 2019, in order to increase the likelihood of its success.

Update on Perth River Valley Project – possum removal operation

Update on Perth River Valley Project – possum removal operation

Zero Invasive Predators Ltd (ZIP) has received permission from the Department of Conservation (DOC) to proceed with the aerial 1080 phase of our programme of research and development in the Perth River valley, but weather and other conditions currently prevent the operation going ahead for the foreseeable future.

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Update on Perth River Valley Project – opportunities to reduce risk to kea

Update on Perth River Valley Project – opportunities to reduce risk to kea

Zero Invasive Predators Ltd (ZIP), with the support of the Department of Conservation (DOC) and Predator Free 2050 Limited, is currently undertaking a programme of research and development work in the Perth River valley on the West Coast of the South Island.

The purpose of the work is to test and refine an approach to completely remove possums from large areas and prevent them from re-establishing, and to develop this approach for ship rats and stoats. We call the approach ‘Remove and Protect’. This is the first time such an attempt has been made on the New Zealand mainland. The results are expected to help enable New Zealand to achieve predator-free status by 2050.

The Perth River research area contains kea, which is a nationally endangered species. The purpose of this Update is to outline two new measures that we are progressing to mitigate potential impacts on kea of the work underway in the Perth River research area. 

Update on Perth Valley Project - results of pre-operational monitoring

Update on Perth Valley Project - results of pre-operational monitoring

Preparations continue for implementation of our ‘1080 to Zero’ operation in the Perth River Valley, South Westland. The objective of this operation is to completely remove possums (and potentially ship rats). The operation is also expected to have a substantial effect on the local stoat population; however, to what extent remains unknown.  In order to evaluate the success (or otherwise) of our operation, we need to have an understanding of relative abundance of these target species in the site pre-operation. So, at the end of March and early April, we undertook to measure the relative abundance of possums, rats, and stoats within our project area.

The Perth Valley Project - what is it all about?

The Perth Valley Project - what is it all about?

Earlier this month we worked with West Coast Film to produce a short video about our current programme of work within the Perth River Valley, which aims to completely remove possums (and potentially rats) from a 12,000 hectare site - and keep them out, forever.

Update on Perth Valley Project - May 2018

Update on Perth Valley Project - May 2018

In January we reported that Zero Invasive Predators (ZIP), in collaboration with the Department of Conservation and Predator Free 2050 Limited, had started a new research programme in a 12,000 hectare area within the Perth Valley (South Westland).

The programme aims to develop an approach to completely remove possums from large areas and to prevent them from re-establishing. Possums are the initial focus of the research, but the programme will also seek to develop the approach for ship rats and stoats.

Perth Project and 2018 Tahr Hunting Season - Adams Wilderness Area - Updated 2/03/2018

Perth Project and 2018 Tahr Hunting Season - Adams Wilderness Area - Updated 2/03/2018

ZIP, in collaboration with DOC and Predator Free 2050 Ltd, has begun work on a research programme within the Perth Valley (South Westland) to test and refine an approach to completely remove possums from large areas, and prevent them re-establishing.

The 'Q&A' document and map linked below contain further information about how this work may overlap with this season’s tahr hunting experience in the Adams Wilderness Area.

The Department of Conservation is liaising with parties who hold balloted tahr hunting areas for the 2018 season that fall within the research area.

We will update the Q&A document in response to any further questions.

Perth Project and Tahr Hunting Q&A - Updated 2/03/2018

Map of Perth Valley Predator Treatment Area, Huts and Bivvies

Field rangers wanted!

Field rangers wanted!

ZIP is looking for permanent and fixed-term (i.e. March-September 2018) field rangers to join our teams in Queen Charlotte Sound and South Westland.

To apply, please send a cover letter and CV to info@zip.org.nz, quoting 'ZIP Ranger Vacancy' in the subject header, by 5:00pm on Wednesday 14 March 2018. Along with your application, please advise your preferred location, and whether you are applying for a permanent or fixed-term position.

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Possum, Rat and Stoat Removal Research in South Westland - 26/01/2018

Possum, Rat and Stoat Removal Research in South Westland - 26/01/2018

ZIP is beginning work on a research programme at a 12,000 hectare block within the Perth Valley (South Westland), to test and refine an approach to completely remove possums from large areas, and prevent them from re-establishing. The research programme will also seek to develop this predator management approach for ship rats and stoats.

If successful, the approach will have significant beneficial outcomes for native plants and animals in the valley. It could also negate the need for the repeated use of landscape-scale aerial 1080 to control these predators here and elsewhere in New Zealand, and help pave the way for a predator-free New Zealand.

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ZIP is seeking expressions of interest for three new ranger positions

ZIP is seeking expressions of interest for three new ranger positions

ZIP is seeking expressions of interest for three fixed-term ranger positions, for a potential field trial in South Westland, beginning in early December 2017.

To apply, please send a cover letter and CV to info@zip.org.nz, quoting 'Ranger Vacancy South Westland' in the subject header.

Expressions of interest close at 5:00pm on Monday 6 November 2017.

Fact Sheet on ZIP trial in South Westland

Fact Sheet on ZIP trial in South Westland

ZIP and the Department of Conservation are investigating a method to completely remove possums, and potentially rats, from mainland sites.

If successful, this method of aerial predator control will reduce, and ultimately eliminate, the need for repeated wide scale application of toxins to remove predators; and provide a tool for progressing New Zealand towards its Predator Free 2050 goal.

The attached Fact Sheet contains information and context about the proposed trial.

We are hiring! Executive Assistant wanted to join the growing ZIP team.

We are hiring! Executive Assistant wanted to join the growing ZIP team.

Are you an experienced Personal or Executive Assistant who is:

  • enthusiastic, highly organised, and pro-active;
  • someone who thrives in a dynamic and changing environment;
  • looking to work alongside a fun and supportive team; and
  • passionate about helping to restore our native biodiversity?

If so, we would love to hear from you!

ZIP is hiring!

ZIP is hiring!

We are looking for two new rangers to join the field team at Bottle Rock peninsula.

Are you:
•    physically fit and self-motivated;
•    someone who loves working in the outdoors;
•    passionate about helping to restore our native biodiversity; and
•    looking to develop your skills in the field?

If so, we want to hear from you!

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Official Opening of ZIP's predator research enclosure, 9 June 2016

Official Opening of ZIP's predator research enclosure, 9 June 2016

ZIP's new invasive predator research enclosure in Lincoln was officially opened yesterday by Hon Maggie Barry, Minister of Conservation.

This facility will play a key role in enabling us to rapidly develop new technology to remove invasive predators and their impact on our native species and the New Zealand economy.

You can learn more about the new enclosure here and here, and a few photos from the day are shared after the jump.